Ro­tary raises vac­cine cash

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCKOY

The Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata has im­pressed the world with its fundrais­ing ef­forts at the Ro­tary Global Swimarathon ear­lier this year which at­tracted 159 swim­mers from around the area.

It has been con­firmed that Mata­mata Ro­tary came first world­wide for the amount raised.

A to­tal of $23,000 was col­lected from those par­tic­i­pat­ing who were spon­sored by their friends and fam­ily.

This was four times the amount that the club that placed sec­ond raised, which to­talled around $6000.

Ro­tary mem­ber Graeme Guil­ford said he was thrilled with the re­sult.

‘‘ We had hoped to get around $20,000 but re­al­is­ti­cally we thought it would be be­tween $ 5000 and $10,000. So we well ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions.’’

The club was also named fourth world­wide for num­ber of par­tic­i­pants. Glob­ally, Ro­tary raised around $100,000 and 121 clubs took part, in­clud­ing three from New Zealand.

The money raised has been put to­wards help­ing Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional and the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion stamp out po­lio.

Over the past 20 years Ro­tary has raised US$1.2 bil­lion for po­lio erad­i­ca­tion.

Mr Guil­ford said Mata­mata Ro­tary is look­ing at or­gan­is­ing a trip over­seas in the next 12 months to help ad­min­is­ter the po­lio vac­ci­na­tions and help the cause they have been sup­port­ing. Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents are pre­pared to lose it all in or­der to help a good cause.

Stu­dents De­clan Chal­lis, Kris­tian Piert­ersen and Abe Chap­man are all ready to shave their hair off to raise money for can­cer pa­tients dur­ing ‘‘Shave Week’’, an event hap­pen­ing be­tween Mon­day, March 26 and Fri­day, March 30.

For year 12 stu­dent Abe Chap­man, it is an event that is dear to him and oth­ers in the school and com­mu­nity.

‘‘I know lots of peo­ple have been af­fected by can­cer and it’s some­thing I’ve wanted to do for a while,’’ he said.

For many New Zealan­ders can­cer is all too real, which is why De­clan Chal­lis is hop­ing Shave Week will be a suc­cess.

‘‘There will be raf­fle tick­ets be­ing sold all through this and next week, and the first prize for that is the win­ner get­ting to shave Mr Reed’s hair off.’’

Mata­mata Col­lege art teacher Ti­mothy Reed, along with year 13 stu­dent Jesse Wal­ters, will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in this event.

Jesse has not cut his hair for five years.

If the school man­ages to raise $500, then both Jesse and Mr Reed will take part.

‘‘Shave Week is get­ting more pop­u­lar each year,’’ Abe said.

‘‘It would be awe­some if ev­ery school did this.

‘‘It would mean get­ting more money and pub­lic­ity for a great cause.’’

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